A Beast/A Burden

glass half productions · Ages 18+ · United States of America

world premiere
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BRUCE PINER certified reviewer June 21, 2018
Why are some superbly talented artists wildly celebrated and “successful” during their lifetimes, while others with equal talent are ignored? Who knows? As E.M. says, “Only connect!” Ben Heathcoat as Burden is excellent as the self centered seemingly (deeply) innocent exhibitionist is compelled to compel the public to further burden Burden with pity and praise. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 21, 2018
It's such a wonderful experience to see the life of an artist portrayed in such an artistic way! Highly recommend everyone to watch Beast/ A Burden. ... full review
RICHARD GRAVES certified reviewer June 23, 2018
A terrific show about the outrageous, edgy performance artist Chris Burden, whom I'd never heard of before. Although they differ in style, his unpredictability reminds me a bit of the comedian Andy Kaufman, although Burden came first. One simply didn't know what to expect! The cast is great and the show is compelling! Highly recommended!... full review
JEAN MINUCHIN certified reviewer June 23, 2018
This was an interesting piece about an artist that I re-remembered once the show began. A look into the world of contemporary conceptual art, the art world in the early LA scene, and specifically Chris Burden. In this portrait a complex person is revealed, not always sympathetic but very human and striving to find meaning, to evoke reaction, and create a connection through danger and vulnerability. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 23, 2018
great show!... full review
DANIEL MINUCHIN certified reviewer June 24, 2018
Definitely worth seeing. Creative and well acted. It explores the pretty outrageous conceptual performance art of Chris Burden. ((What I knew about him before seeing the show was that he had himself shot as the centerpiece of one of his works). ... full review
CHARLES ZIARKO certified reviewer June 25, 2018
I thought HERCULES INSANE couldn't be topped for this year's "WOW!" factor (and it can't) but this is a contender, for a completely different reason: it's real! You might call it CHRIS BURDEN: THE WOODSTOCK YEARS, covering only the beginning of his eclectic career before he passed from an Anything-for-Attention paradigm to becoming a Mainstream Money Machine in the unpredictable Art Market. "Anything" ranges from death-defying to anti-social to merely nutty, but lookalike Ben Hethcoat makes us believe he's game for anything (and is, as we discover at the end), and a strong cast of 5 (3F/2M) supports recreations of his Performance Art. IS it "Art"? Well, that's more in the Eye of the Beholder than the Artist and this Beholder has his own ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 26, 2018
Sucks you right in, very enjoyable!... full review
ERNEST KEARNEY certified reviewer June 27, 2018
A superb show. Gold Medal. The full review at; https://thetvolution.com/2018/06/a-beast-a-burden-not-your-average-animal/... full review